Plain Gardening – Golden Flowers
Some of the big names in local gardens—like azaleas and camellias--flower early in the year, but lots of blooms peak in May and June. We'll concentrate on the golden flowers of summer on the Gulf Coast.
Sometimes we forget what great flowering treasures we have for this time of year, and how much fun they are to grow. Among Bill Finch's favorites is the green-eyed cone flower. It's similar to a black-eyed Susan but with a green cone. Bees and butterflies love it!
Speaking of black-eyed Susans, they're a classic with lots of varieties. Among them is goldstrum, and as the name implies, it's a beautiful deep golden color.
Some people think of St. John's Wort when they think of hypericums, but at least one type creates a beautiful composite flower with a ruff fit for a queen.
All these golden delights grow well in our very hot Gulf Coast summers. All need lots of sun, so if it's a spot that's too sunny for azaleas or hydrangeas, these would be a great option. And they like it dry…too wet and they start to sag.
Brighten your garden or yard with some sunny summer flowers! Check mobilebotanicalgardens.org to find out more.
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